on April 19, 2013 :
I didn't really like the story. It starts up very slowly, and the introduction just drags on. Only the very last part is really the horror part.
It's not very well written, sometimes words are used in a rather weird way. The events are unlikely and strange (A girl hitting somebody with a table? Seriously?) and description just seem rather off.
I did think the ending was surprising and nice, but since it's only a very minor part of the story, it really doesn't make up for the fact that you first have to make your way through the first part.
Also, I really hated the bullying by the school kids, it really made me consider putting the story down and not finishing it.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
This story is not for the faint of heart. The author has a wonderful imagination and does an excellent job with imagery; I could see everything in my mind. The ending is gruesome, which is what I'm learning to expect with this author's writing.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2012 :
This is a great, fun little horror story with a good mix of humor. Erwin, an arrogant, unpopular but intelligent student, is over-confident that he will win the Science Fair as he has the past few years. However, this time he's in for a surprise.
Principal Lubbitz declares that Erwin failed to strictly follow the scientific method for his project, and subsequently disqualifies him. Not one to take public humiliation well, Erwin grabs a wooden box from his display. With an over-dramatic flair, he pulls the lid from the box, and...
Panic breaks out. Students run screaming from the auditorium. Some fall while fleeing, and are trampled by their classmates. Even Principal Lubbitz seems impotent to restore order.
So what was in the box? Why did everybody panic? Why did Erwin just stand, laughing maniacally?
This is one of dozens of short stories written by this author. She has a good grasp of her genre, and writes very entertaining stories for the middle grade to high school age groups. Her stories can provide a relaxing diversion for adults, too.
I recommend reading this short story, along with any of the others penned by this author. Enjoy!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)